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Crown Molding: Materials, Design, and Maintenance

Crown MoldingAs a Bedford homeowner, you may overlook some components of your home when remodeling. One feature that you shouldn't neglect to renovate is the crown molding, a type of trim that acts as a transition between ceilings and walls. The color, style, and details of your crown molding can make or break a remodeling project, so consider updating the crown molding in the rooms that you're renovating.

What Is Crown Molding Made Of?

  • Wood – Crown molding is primarily made of wood, such as oak, ash, walnut, or pine. Depending on the molding design and the type of wood you choose, your crown molding can be inexpensive or relatively expensive.
  • PVC and Polyurethane – PVC and polyurethane crown molding is often used in bathrooms and kitchens because of its resistance to the negative effects of excess moisture, such as warping. This type of molding involves easy installation because it is lightweight, and many homeowners select it because of its affordability. However, the design variety is limited.
  • Polystyrene – Another affordable crown molding option is polystyrene molding. This molding is also easy to install, but it's prone to denting and has an unattractive texture. However, if your remodeling contractor applies a high-quality paint, the appearance of the texture improves significantly.
  • Plaster – Plaster crown molding is especially suitable for expansive, intricate designs on high ceilings. Because homeowners often purchase customized plaster molding, this type of molding tends to be more expensive than other types.
  • Medium-Density Fiberboard (MDF) – Pressurized resin and sawdust are materials within MDF crown molding, and this molding's affordability attracts many homeowners. Some types of MDF molding can be stained, but most types are intended to be painted. Additionally, MDF molding is rather soft, so it may become scratched and chipped.

Design Considerations

When selecting new crown molding for your home, take into account the height of the ceilings, the proportions of your furnishings, and the style of trim in your home. Consider beginning your remodeling project by updating the molding in rooms with high ceilings to unify the interior design of your home. You should also make sure that the proportions of the new molding flatter the furnishings in your home while choosing crown molding with a style that resembles the trim.

How Do You Clean Crown Molding?

Regular light cleaning is essential to maintaining your crown molding, regardless of its material. Homeowners should dust their crown molding at least once a month and vacuum the trim near flooring occasionally. Wood molding can also be polished periodically, and when you're cleaning the molding in your home, start at the highest surface and work your way down.

Hire a Remodeling Expert for Crown Molding Services

If you're remodeling your Bedford home, consider hiring our remodeling experts at S&S Remodeling to update your crown molding. Replacing the molding can elevate the interior design of your home and make the look of each room cohesive.

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